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General Course Information for NBC 683: Student Work and Assessments

Course: NBC 683 - Student Work and Assessments
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Description: This course will provide students with opportunities to review research and commentary that guide and shape decisions and judgments we make when determining the levels of progress students are making toward achieving academic goals, and to identify elements of our practice that contribute to successful learning outcomes.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the learning from at least 2 articles or reports and 2 websites that inform planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Accurately analyze student work samples that result from lesson planning outlined in the NBCT Portfolio criteria.
  • Design instruction to advance achievement in a specific content area defined by the NBCT Portfolio Entry requirements and Scoring Guide.
  • Describe specific instructional approaches that match instructional goals and meet individual needs of diverse students.
  • Write commentaries that reflect analysis and achievement of identified NBCT standards focused on the analysis of student work.
  • Apply specifics and strategies for responding to subject matter on-demand exercises that reflect NBCT Assessment Center Prompts and Situations.
  • Reflect on lesson design, assessment choices, and evidence of student achievement.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP
    • Demonstrate a commitment to educating all students by examining cross-cultural educational issues and relating those to enhancing student learning.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of how to teach students by effectively accessing and using research based learning theories, assessment strategies, teaching models, technology, and classroom management strategies to educate all learners.
    • Demonstrate the ability to focus on student learning through a systematic study and reflection of ones own teaching practices and through shared knowledge gained from purposefully formed professional learning communities.
  • Specialization in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership
    • Apply learning theories, methodologies, and assessments to manage, monitor, and engage student learning.
    • Demonstrate the ability to focus on student learning through a systematic study and reflection of one's own teaching practices.
    • Integrate fairness, equity, and access in designing strategies to meet diverse student learning.
    • Integrate information literacy skills to inform professional teaching practices and future instruction.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures